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Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 09:15

URJC teachers, awarded in the contest 'Afectivo-Efectivo' of Janssen

URJC teachers awarded in the Janssen 'Afectivo-Efectivo' contest URJC teachers awarded in the Janssen 'Afectivo-Efectivo' contest

A guide made by teachers of the Faculty of Health Sciences so that patients with fibromyalgia walk as physical exercise gets a Second Prize in the VII Edition of these awards of the pharmaceutical multinational.

Raúl García Hémonnet/Editor

The teachers Sheila Blanco, Patricia Catalá, Carmen Écija Gallardo, Lorena Gutiérrez Hermoso, Irene López-Gómez, Cecilia Peñacoba, Sara de Rivas Hermosilla, Lilian Velasco have won a Second Prize in the latest edition of the 'Affective-Effective' awards of Janssen.

The recognition comes to them for their work 'Guía Paso a Paso Contigo', intended for patients with fibromyalgia to perform the physical exercise of walking. The guide has been awarded in the category 'Training, transformation, information or awareness-raising action on health” developed from the university environment'.

The work carried out by these teachers is an additional applied tool framed within a research project of the ISCIII Health Research Fund (PI17/00858). The 'Guía Paso a Paso Contigo' main objective is to serve as a support for patients with fibromyalgia to walk as a form of physical exercise.

Although it is aimed mainly at patients with fibromyalgia, “it can be extended to patients with chronic pain. On the other hand, it is also aimed at health professionals, since from a biopsychosocial approach, the guide provides awareness and useful evidence-based exercises (both from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to promote health education and preventive actions that help patients with chronic pain to manage the obstacles associated with low adherence to physical exercise and walking behavior in particular”, the research team points out.

The teachers, who have collaborated in the design and elaboration of the guide, are aware of the "relevant role of physical exercise as the treatment of choice in chronic pain and in fibromyalgia in particular", they point out.

One of the best predictors of the start of the walking pattern is medical prescription, however, both professionals and patients do not have applied tools to help them in their goal. These are: achieving adherence to physical exercise in patients, despite pain and fatigue, improving in the medium-long term both the associated symptoms and the patient's self-efficacy, empowerment and psychological well-being.

The guide supposes an applied material that, through its seven chapters, addresses in a first part, the beginning of the behavior of walking, working on both motivational aspects and resources. In the second part, it provides the patient with a series of guidelines and tools that allow the evaluation and intervention on perfectionism, catastrophism, conflict of goals, cognitive fusion and acceptance of pain with the aim of empowering the patient. .

 The guide is distributed free of charge and can be downloaded at fibro.info/walk. In addition to the authors, we have also had the collaboration of Dr. Ana Carbonell-Baeza (MOVE-IT Research Group and Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation of Cádiz -INiBICA-) and Dr. Angel Gil de Miguel, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the URJC, who has made the prologue of it. The illustrator is Sara San Román, a student at the Rey Juan Carlos University.